About

We live in a time of overlapping challenges: concentrated corporate power, rising inequalities, a broken housing system, unaccountable control over our technological futures, creaking public services, a devalued care system, attacks on working people — all unfolding within a deepening climate and nature emergency. We believe these challenges share a common root: ownership.

Common Wealth was founded in 2019 based on the insights that ownership is the structuring force in our economy and that current relations of property and power are social in origin — and therefore can and must be reimagined.

Working at all levels from community and grassroots groups to national and international policymakers, we combine rigorous analysis and research with bold ideas for an economy that works for everyone. 

Our Mission
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We live in a time of overlapping challenges: concentrated corporate power, rising inequalities, a broken housing market, unaccountable control over our technological futures, creaking public services, a devalued care system, attacks on working people – all unfolding within a deepening climate and nature emergency. We believe these challenges share a common root: ownership.

Common Wealth was founded in 2019 based on the insight that ownership is the structuring force in our economy, and that current relations of property and power are social in origin – and therefore can and must be reimagined.

Working at all levels from community and grassroots groups to national and international policymakers, we combine rigorous analysis and research with bold ideas for an economy that works for everyone. 

Our goal is simple: reimagine ownership to repair past harms and secure a future of sustainable and shared prosperity.

To realise this vision, we focus on three key transformations:

From
A fossil-fuelled present
to
A thriving post-carbon future
From
Scarcity & exclusion
to
Economic security & dignity for all
From
An extractive economy
to
A democratic economy, where we all have a stake and a say

Mathew Lawrence

Director

Mathew is Common Wealth’s Founder and Director. Prior to founding Common Wealth, he was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, working on their Commission on Economic Justice. He is the co-author of Owning the Future (Verso) and Planet on Fire (Verso).

Adrienne Buller

Director of Research

Before becoming Director of Research, Adrienne led our work on asset manager capitalism. She previously worked on the finance project at InfluenceMap and holds an MSc in Global Governance from UCL. Adrienne is the author of The Value of a Whale (Manchester University Press) and, with Mathew Lawrence, co-author of Owning the Future (Verso).

Chris Hayes

Chief Economist

Chris is an economist and data analyst. He has previously worked at the OECD, the Institute for the Future of Work and in the private sector as a commercial media analyst. He holds an MSc from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Adam Almeida

Senior Analyst

Adam is a researcher whose work has been published by the Runnymede Trust, the Centre for Labour and Social Studies and New York University. Adam holds a MSc in Global Population Health from LSE and a BSc in Pharmacology from McGill University. His primary research interests are gentrification and the financialisation of land and housing.

Melanie Brusseler

Senior Researcher

Melanie researches green democratic planning and macrofinance. She lives in the US and supports transatlantic collaboration. Prior to Common Wealth, she researched (global) macrofinance, economic management, and industrial planning policy for decarbonisation at E3G. Before that, she researched democratic ownership and planning at the Democracy Collaborative’s Next System Project. Melanie studied global political economy at Penn State and Columbia, but she’s learned the most from lurking on Twitter.

Khem Rogaly

Senior Researcher

Khem's research focuses on green industrial planning and housing. Before joining Common Wealth, Khem worked on decarbonisation and energy efficiency at E3G and on housing policy at Joseph Rowntree Foundation. Khem holds an MPhil in World History and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge.

Sophie Flinders

Data Analyst

Sophie is an experienced data analyst whose work focuses on financial analysis and health systems. They have also worked as a research assistant at the Nuffield Trust, an analyst at NHS England and a policy administrator at Health Education England. Sophie holds a BSc in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of York.

Adam Peggs

Senior Press and Digital Communications Officer

Adam’s areas of interest include the housing emergency, democratic ownership and the politics of working time. He has previously worked for the Royal Economic Society, the Progressive Economy Forum and in Parliament, and has written for Tribune, Red Pepper and the Huffington Post.

Amelia Horgan

Senior Editor & Democratising Work Lead

Amelia is a PhD candidate in philosophy at the University of Essex, researching work, critical theory, and feminism. She holds an MA in the history of ideas from the University of London and a BA in History from the University of Cambridge. Amelia is also the author of Lost in Work (Pluto Press).

Helen Craik

Operations Director

Helen is experienced in the operational challenges of general management in an SME, and has a particular professional interest in the wider field of employee relations.

Sophie Monk

Senior Designer

Sophie is a designer based in Glasgow with a particular interest in graphic, web, editorial and information design. She also holds a PhD in Modern British History from the University of Brighton.

Our Boards
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Executive Board

Ayeisha Thomas-Smith

Director of Movement Building, New Economy Organisers Network

Ayeisha is Director of Movement Building at NEON. She is currently doing a PhD at Goldsmiths University of London and in 2017 co-founded KIN, a network for black activists. She presents NEF’s Weekly Economics Podcast, Economics with Subtitles for BBC R4 and The Why Factor for BBC World Service.

Ed Collins

Ed is Director of LobbyMap at InfluenceMap, an independent non-profit think tank based in London. Ed joined InfluenceMap in 2015, focusing on the development of a pioneering approach to assessing the private sector's climate impact by measuring corporate advocacy and lobbying. Prior to joining InfluenceMap, Ed studied social sciences at the University of Manchester and the London School of Economics.

Emily Kenway

Senior Policy and Communications Advisor, FLEX

Emily is a writer, researcher and policy adviser. She currently sits on the board of National Ugly Mugs and has authored two books, The Truth about Modern Slavery (Pluto Press, 2021) and Who Cares: the hidden crisis of caregiving and how we solve it  (Hachette, 2023).

Joe Guinan

Director, The Democracy Collaborative

Joe is the President at The Democracy Collaborative. He has co-authored The Case for Community Wealth Building (Polity, 2020) and People Get Ready! Preparing for a Corbyn Government (O/R Books, 2019).

Khem Rogaly

Khem is a Senior Researcher at Common Wealth and the employee representative elected to the Executive Board. Khem is also one of two union reps that co-lead Common Wealth's NUJ Chapel.

Advisory Panel

Miriam Brett

Research Fellow, Wellbeing Economy Alliance & The Democracy Collaborative

Miriam is one of the Co-Directors of Future Economy Scotland. She is a Board Member of Green New Deal Rising and a Resesearch Fellow at WEAll Alliance and Democracy Collaborative. She has preiously worked for Bretton Woods Project and Common Wealth, as Director of Research and Advocacy.

Immy Kaur

Co-Founder and Director of Civic Square

Immy is a co-founder and Director of CIVIC SQUARE, a public square, neighbourhood lab, and creative + participatory platform focused on regenerative civic and social infrastructure within neighbourhoods. She was also a founding director of Impact Hub Birmingham (2015-2019).

Aditya Chakrabortty

Columnist and Senior Economics Commentator, The Guardian

Aditya is a Guardian columnist and senior economics commentator. He is working on his first book, to be published by Allen Lane/Penguin.

Sahil Dutta

Lecturer, Goldsmiths

Sahil is a lecturer and researcher in political economy at Goldsmiths, focusing on financialisation, money, managerialism, and the political economy of Britain. He is a founding member of the Warwick Critical Finance Group and an associate member of the Politics of Money Research Network.

Our Funding
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Common Wealth is a not-for-profit organisation funded by philanthropic foundations and grassroots donations. We are grateful for the support of foundations including:
  • Power to Change
  • Open Society Foundation
  • European Climate Foundation
  • Energy Transition Fund
  • Gower Street
  • Alex Ferry Foundation
  • Uplift
  • Polden Puckham Foundation
  • Trades Union Congress
  • Friends Provident Foundation
  • Laudes Foundation
  • Democracy Collaborative
  • The Sunrise Project
  • Shared Assets
  • Lankelly Chase Foundation
  • 30 Percy
  • Oak Foundation
  • 128 Collective
We are committed to transparency and publish details of our funding in the notes to our annual accounts, including any donations above £500. If you have a particular query or would like to see a full list of our funding, please email info@common-wealth.org
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